Tasmania

Grieving mum pleads with Bali cops

THE heartbroken mother of a young Queensland woman killed in a motorbike crash in Bali has asked Indonesian police not to criminally charge her boyfriend. Sophia Fiorella Martini, 27, was a pillion passenger on a scooter driven by her boyfriend, when it crashed in the early hours of Saturday morning …

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It’s begun: SSM ballot papers arrive

JUST a day after voting packs for the same-sex marriage postal survey began to be mailed out, Australians have already started receiving them. From Sydney to regional Victoria, people have begun posting images on social media with their ballots papers. Many have also been taking snaps of themselves filling the …

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The $12K fine you won’t want to pay

AUSTRALIANS will face fines of up to $12,600 for vilifying, intimidating or threatening to harm another person under tough new ground rules for the postal survey on gay marriage that will go before Parliament this week. Both sides of the campaign will receive protections under the new safeguards, which would …

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Petrol bomb victim: ‘I thought I was going to die’

DOUSED in petrol and set on fire, Luke Coburn thought he was going to die in an attack at his Adelaide home in 2013. As he chilled out in the garage with some friends, two men wearing disguises ran by. The first threw fuel over him and the second smashed …

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$500 to play with rescue puppies

FOR animal lovers, or the pet-starved, this is possibly the best job ever. Sydney Dogs and Cats Home wants to pay one pet-obsessed person $500 to basically cuddle puppies and kittens for the day. And at the front of queue to receive that attention is a deliciously gorgeous litter of …

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Postal vote sparks crazy acts

URGENT talks are underway between the Coalition and Labor to agree on safeguards for the same-sex marriage postal vote campaign before ballots are sent out next week. But the campaigns have well and truly kicked off already. One Labor frontbencher has even released a social media tutorial for Millennials on …

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Connie gets a stunning surprise

CONNIE Johnson has received one of the nation’s highest honours as she spends her final days in a hospice in Canberra. Her brother and actor Samuel Johnson, told their Facebook followers that his sister had received an Order of Australia from Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove. Connie was in bed when …

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Qld boy spent two hours in water with ‘big shark’

Lochie Brodie talks about his weekend ordeal near Gladstone. A CAREFREE day of fishing could have ended in tragedy for 14-year-old Lochie Brodie and his family. The Tannum Sands State High School student was rescued on Sunday afternoon near Gladstone Harbour, after spending about two hours treading water, the Gladstone …

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Rape accused: ‘Boys will be boys’

Lynette “Norma” Daley. Picture: Four Corners A MAN on trial over the 2011 manslaughter of a drunk woman on a remote northern NSW beach “repeatedly and vigorously” sexually assaulted her, a jury has heard. Accused man Adrian Attwater later told police “girls will be girls, boys will be boys”, an …

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Surprising source of terror tip-off

Arrests in Sydney after anti-terror raids foiled a plot that reportedly involved blowing up an aircraft. Police prepare to search for evidence at a block of flats in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba. Picture: AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST THE tip-off Australian police received over a conspiracy to bring down …

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